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Monday, October 3, 2011

Dasara Navaratri - Naivedyam for 9 days

In South India, nine types of Naivedyam (food offerings) are offered to Goddess Durga during Navaratri. As the nine Goddesses to worship differ from place to place and state to state, naivedyam also differs. Usually, Navadurga are worshipped as Navadevi in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and some temples in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Here we are giving the list of naivedyams for Navratri (as per the standard procedure):
  1. First day – Shailaputri Navadurga is worshipped as Sri Kanakadurga – Chalividi (fried rice), vadapappu (boiled Bengal grams), and payasam naivedyam. (September 28, 2011)
  2. Second day – Brahmacharini Navadurga is worshipped as Balatripura Sundari Devi – sweet boondi and chickpeas naivedyam. (29 September 2011)
  3. Third day – Chandraghanta Navadurga is worshipped as Gayathri Devi – Ravva kesari and pulihora naivedyam. (30 September 2011)
  4. Fourth day - Kushmanda Navadurga is worshipped as Annapurna Devi – Pongali naivedyam (1 October 2011)
  5. Fifth day –  Skanda Mata Navadurga is worshipped as Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi – Pulohorai and Pesara boorelu (recipe of Gree grams) naivedyam (2 October 2011)
  6. Sixth day – Katyayani Navadurga is worshipped as Saraswati Devi – Atukulu, bellam (jaggery), Senaga pappu (Bengal gram), and coconut are offered as naivedyam. (3 October 2011)
  7. Seventh day – Kalaratri Mata is worshipped as Mahalakshmi Devi – Ksheerannam (rice boiled in milk), bellam (jaggery), and sugar are offered as naivedya. (4 October 2011)
  8. Eighth day – Mahagouri Navadurga is worshipped as Sri Durga Devi – Garelu and lemon juice are offered. (5 October 2011)
  9. Ninth day – Siddhidhatri Navadurga is decorated and worshipped as Mahishasura Mardhini Devi – Chakra Pongali is offered as naivedyam. (6 October 2011)
  10. Tenth day – Durga Devi is worshipped as Sri Rajarajeshwari Devi – Pulihora and garelu are offered. (6 October 2011)
Please note that Nine Goddesses to worship during Navratri, nine types of colours, and nine types of naivedyams (food offerings) may differ as per the particular temple’s Agama Shasthra and their owned rituals. This can also change according to the nakshatram, thithi, and year. In 2011, Navratri is observed for nine days as some shuffle in tithis.


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